Grant History

The Community Foundation staff dedicates most of each week engaging with donors, service providers and residents of Tompkins County to identify assets, challenges, and ways to improve the quality of life for all in our beloved community.

Family Reading Partnership

Awarded Grants

In our 24th year with more than $27 million in over 6,700 grants,  the Community Foundation is the leading public grant maker in Tompkins County. Grants from the Foundation’s endowment and other charitable resources donated by many generous people address emerging concerns and critical, unresolved problems  identified by the community.

2023 Grants by Program Area

2022 Grants by Program Area

2021 Grantees and Programs

COVID-19 Response Fund Grantees

2020 Grantees & Programs

2019 Grantees & Programs

2019 Grantees Map by Program Areas

Every grant represents the current philanthropic goals and interests of our donors, as well as the priorities and strategies of the Community Foundation Board of Directors.  We gain information from nonprofit leaders and residents who live or work here. Also we hold bi-weekly meetings with the Tompkins County Funders group (local public and private grant makers). Our grants are informed by many communication methods.

The Community Foundation serves as a repository for permanent gifts, no matter how great or small, from all who have lived or worked in — and care about — Tompkins County.

 

Grants Review

January 1-March 31, 2024 – Current Year (updated quarterly*)

2024 Grants & Programs thru 1Q24 <CLICK HERE next report in July 2024

Community Foundation Grants % Of $ $ Area Amount # Of Grants % Of # Of Grants
Arts & Culture 6% $53,902 17 12%
Community Building 24% $216,443 59 42%
Education 59% $529,781 16 11%
Environment/Sustainability 3% $25,126 7 5%
Health & Human Services 8% $74,107 43 30%
Total (All Areas) $899,359 142
 *next report scheduled for July 2024

2023 – Most Recently Completed Fiscal Year

2023 Grants & Programs thru 4Q23 <CLICK HERE

Community Foundation Grants % Of $ $ Area Amount # Of Grants % Of # Of Grants
Arts & Culture 18% $469,186 181 22%
Community Building 36% $973,426 223 27%
Education 8% $216,188 80 10%
Environment/Sustainability 5% $145,174 48 6%
Health & Human Services 33% $875,932 292 35%
Total (All Areas) $2,679,906 824

2000-2023 — From Inception through Most Recently Completed Fiscal Year

Community Foundation Grants % Of $ $ Area Amount # Of Grants % Of # Of Grants
Arts & Culture 20% $5,309,652 1,578 22%
Community Building 30% $8,219,920 1,667 24%
Education 10% $2,742,912 794 11%
Environment/Sustainability 6% $1,623,770 390 5%
Health & Human Services 34% $9,243,942 2,736 38%
Total (All Areas) $27,140,196 6,766
quote George Ferrari, CEO, Community Foundation

Community philanthropy is first and foremost about people not transactions... We offer a different vision of philanthropy embedded in the context of collaborative achievement, uplifting capacity, and fierce self-determination. We think of philanthropy as an expression of hope.